Elemental Quick Start Guide
This Elemental Shaman Guide is intended for new players just trying out the spec, casually raiding or working on max-level quests like class mounts, or for someone who hasn't played the spec in awhile and wants a quick brush up on what to do. If you are looking for more in-depth information, check out the other guide sections listed on the right-hand side of this page, or the
Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
Here are some simple builds for new Elemental Shaman. These are good all-around builds, but a more in-depth look at talents, as well as more niche recommendations for advanced situations, can be found on the
Elemental Talent Guide
This build is focused primarily on raiding. Primal Elementalist early on helps you get used to everything else about the spec with only a small loss, and talents like Totem Mastery, Aftershock, Elemental Blast can be swapped to later once comfort with the rest of the rotation has been established and in some cases when the appropriate legendaries have been obtained.
This build is focused on Mythic + . Liquid Magma Totem can also be a good choice here.
Leveling / Early World Questing
This build focuses on helping new players level. The biggest struggle many new and undergeared Elemental Shaman have is getting stuck with nothing but Lightning Bolt to press. Adding Icefury to the mix helps keep things flowing and enemies dying at low levels of gear.
More in-depth information about stats can be found
Fresh 110s in Legion can gear up pretty quickly (~910 ilvl) between World Quests, Relinquished Tokens from
, Heroic Dungeons, and PvP. Give our
Legion Gearing Before Raids
guide a read to learn which avenue of acquiring gear sounds the most interesting for you. Any gear can proc Warforged or Titanforged ilvl gains, so gear from any source can be a huge upgrade for new players.
Legendaries are difficult to distill into a simple recommendation, and multiple are useful, so check out the
Elemental Shaman Gear Guide
for more details.
Thanks to the
catch-up mechanisms added in 7.3, you'll be able to empower your artifact exceptionally quickly even if this is your first 110, acquiring the first three golden traits with little effort.
As all level 110 players are above
40 in Patch 7.3, there are truly massive gains, allowing players to acquire numerous traits with one AP token. Artifact paths are less important in 7.3 as you'll be able to grab every possible trait, but we have included recommended paths in case you are struggling to earn Artifact Power.
The recommended initial artifact path is this:
After reaching 35 traits follow the following path:
Storm, Earth and Lava
Here is a basic rotation for Elemental Shamana to follow. More information about the rotation, as well as an explanation of important abilities and advanced tips, can be found
on the Elemental Rotation Guide
if it is not on the target
if it is off cooldown and it is talented
if Maelstrom is equal to or over 92, or 117 with
if it is off cooldown and
will not expire before the cast finishes
if the remaining duration is less than 10.5 seconds, Maelstrom is over 20 and
if Maelstrom is equal to or over 86, or 111 with
if it is off cooldown and
is not available in the next 15 seconds
if the duration has less than 10 seconds remaining
is a new system of artifact progression added in Patch 7.3.
Once a player has unlocked the Netherlight Crucible on one character, any character that unlocks the
can access the Crucible and put points into the Tier 1 Trait:
. Do this to earn +15 ilvls onto your artifact.
Players with 60-75 purchased traits can unlock additional Crucible relic traits. Because your choice in Tier 2 affects which traits you can reach in Tier 3, you need to balance both the Tier 2 and Tier 3 bonuses when you make your Tier 2 choice.
For Tier 2 choices, prefer paths with
For Tier 3, prefer paths with
Overall, the Netherlight Crucible is a really complicated system. In order to get in-depth information on it, please check out our
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Elementals in Draenor: An In-Depth Guide to Elemental Shaman
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Heirloom Collections Guide
Warlords of Draenor Legendary Ring Guide
Hidden Artifact Weapon Appearances and Effects
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Elemental Shaman Rotation Guide – Legion 7.3.2
Elemental Shaman Macros & Addons – Legion 7.3.2
Elemental Shaman Talents & Build Guide – Legion 7.3.2
Elemental Shaman Guide – Legion 7.3.2
Elemental Shaman Enchants, Gems & Enhancements – Legion 7.3.2
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